Olivia d'Abo

Actor, Dancer
Despite her still noticeable British accent on talk show appearances, d'Abo has mastered a variety of American accents for her many TV and film roles. She first acted for the cameras when she was 13, in a TV commercial ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1969 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (51)

The Devil's Violinist 2015 (Movie)

Primrose Blackstone (Actor)

The Enemy (UFA) 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

It Had to Be You 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Presumed Dead In Paradise 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elementary 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sleeping Beauty 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 - 2005, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eureka 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alias 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney's The Legend of Tarzan 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Enemy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Triangle 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seven Girlfriends 2000 (Movie)

Hannah (Actor)

Fantasy Island 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Soccer Dog: The Movie 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name) 1999 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

The Single Guy 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hacks 1996 (Movie)

Lynn (Actor)

Kicking and Screaming 1995 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Live Nude Girls 1995 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Big Green 1995 (Movie)

Anna Montgomery (Actor)

The Last Good Time 1995 (Movie)

Charlotte Zwicki (Actor)

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Clean Slate 1994 (Movie)

Judy (Actor)

Greedy 1994 (Movie)

Molly Richardson (Actor)

Bank Robber 1993 (Movie)

Selina (Actor)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

The Wonder Years 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Betty Jo (Actor)

The Spirit of '76 1990 (Movie)

Chanel-6 (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XIX 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Personal Choice 1989 (Movie)

Mara Simons (Actor)

Crash Course 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Fire 1988 (Movie)

Liette (Actor)

Bullies 1986 (Movie)

Becky Cullen (Actor)

Flying 1986 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

Mission Kill 1985 (Movie)

Revolutionary Girl (Actor)

Bolero 1984 (Movie)

Paloma (Actor)

Conan the Destroyer 1984 (Movie)

Princess Jehnna (Actor)

A Texas Funeral (TV Show)

Actor

For Love and Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Despite her still noticeable British accent on talk show appearances, d'Abo has mastered a variety of American accents for her many TV and film roles. She first acted for the cameras when she was 13, in a TV commercial, and two years later was celebrating her 15th birthday on the set of "Conan the Destroyer" (1984), in which she had a solid co-starring role as the virginal princess. D'Abo is best known to TV audiences as Karen Arnold, the hippie older sister on "The Wonder Years" (ABC, 1988-92) who personified the restless youth of the late 1960s, wearing headbands and bell bottoms, and cutting school for "love-ins". She has since often been cast as free spirits and sexpots, but has managed to move between comedy and drama, including her send-up as a sex kitten nursemaid lusting for Kirk Douglas' bank account in "Greedy" (1994) and the poignant "The Last Good Time" (1995), in which d'Abo played the younger half of a May-December romance with Armin Mueller-Stahl. Her film career became quite active in the mid-90s when d'Abo starred opposite Dana Carvey in "Clean Slate" (1994), Steve Guttenberg in "The Big Green" and Dana Delaney and Kim Cattrall in "Live Nude Girls" (both 1995). After filming an unsuccessful sitcom pilot for ABC, she joined the cast of the NBC sitcom "The Single Guy" (1996-97) as a voice actor who has moved into the title character's apartment building.

Relationships

Thomas Jane Actor

Companion
Engaged from 1998-2001 Worked together in "The Velocity of Gary" (1998) and "Jonni Nitro" (1999) No longer together

Julian Lennon Actor

Companion
Reportedly engaged in the early 1990s d'Abo sang backup in Lennon's album Help Yourself (1991)

Patrick Leonard Actor

Husband
Married Jan. 1, 1995 Leonard filed for divorce November 2012

Maggie London

Mother

Maryam d'Abo Actor

Cousin

Michael d'Abo

Father
Born 1944 in Bethworth England; performed with 1960s rock group Manfred Mann

Oliver d'Abo

Son
Born Nov. 11, 1995

Benjamin d'Abo

Brother

EDUCATION

London Royal Ballet Theatre

Milestones

2003

Voiced the character of Rox in "The Animatrix: Matriculated"

2003

Guest starred as the villainous Nicole Wallace on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"

2001

Played lead in "The Enemy", a spy thriller aired on HBO in lieu of a theatrical release

2001

Provided the voice of Jane in Disney's "The Legend of Tarzan" and its subsequent feature-length film

2000

Was one of the titular "Seven Girlfriends"

1999

Made guest appearances on "Party of Five" as a lesbian college professor

1999

Co-starred with Vincent D'Onfrio and Thomas Jane in "The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name)"

1996

Joined cast of NBC sitcom "The Single Guy" playing the role of a voice actor

1996

Filmed unsold pilot for an ABC series

1992

Departed "The Wonder Years" during the show's sixth season to pursue feature film career

1988

TV series debut as Karen Arnold in "The Wonder Years" premiered in March

1984

Made feature film debut in "Conan the Destroyer" as the virginal "Princess Jehnna"

1976

Moved with family to Taos, New Mexico at age eight

At age 13, moved to Los Angeles; won first professional acting job in TV commercial

Bonus Trivia

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Claimed to have turned down chance to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live" because she would not make a five-year commitment to the NBC series. (From Buzz, May 1995).

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"My mom was a model. I grew up with neck creams, eye creams. I rebelled at first." --d'Abo quoted in Us, April 1995.

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